UPDATE (11/27/15): Daft Punk's documentary Daft Punk Unchained will premiere in the United States on Showtime Dec. 10 at 9 pm EST.
Though one half of Daft Punk recently ditched the helmet in the movie Reality alongside Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder, a proper history and behind-the-helmets look at the future's favorite duo — one respectful of both fact and fiction (a necessary element in the world of Daft Punk) — has largely eluded fans for decades. However, Daft Punk Unchained more than fills that void.
From the original press release:
This independent film, directed by Hervé Martin Delpierre and co-authored with Marina Rozenman, tells the epic story of the world’s most secretive duo, with extracts from interviews with Daft Punk (archives from 1996 to 2013), rare documents and exclusive interviews with their friends and closest collaborators.
From Los Angeles to New York, from Tokyo to Paris, the film plunges us into the unique world of the Robots, with the participation of Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Kanye West, Michel Gondry, Paul Williams, Peter Lindbergh, Todd Edwards, Leiji Matsumoto, Tony Gardner, Pedro Winter and Pete Tong.
In an era of globalisation and the expansion of social media, the two Parisian musicians, DJs / producers have refused to show their own faces. They orchestrate every detail of their rare appearances.
The documentary recently aired on the French network Canal+ and is now available to stream (see above). The only potential nuisance, of course, is that the film is currently in French and possesses no subtitles. However, for diehards and enviable French tongues, this won't prove much of an issue.
Cheat sheet: At approximately the 48:50 mark, you'll find a new Kanye West interview filmed backstage at his recent Foundation Louis Vuitton concert series. Paired with the interview is a blistering performance of the Daft Punk-aided Yeezus cut "On Sight."